I was reviewing Oracle’s Processor Core Factor Table, which lists the multiplier used to calculate the Oracle Enterprise Edition CPU license requirements, and noticed something interesting: the preferential 0.5 core multiplier that formerly applied to all Intel/AMD chips has now been restricted to:
- Intel Xeon Series 74XX, Series 55XX or earlier Multicore chips
- Intel Itanium Series 91XX or earlier Multicore chips
- Intel or AMD Desktop, Laptop/Notebook, or Netbook Multicore chips
What does this mean? Although most if not all currently-available processors see no changes, future multicore server CPU generations will have a cost factor of 1.0, doubling the cost of licensing them for Oracle. For a single Quad-core server running Oracle RAC, it would result in $166,000 in additional licensing costs.
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